Monday, December 20, 2010


I have to admit something to you.
I used to be hopelessly obsessed with everything being
absolutely PERFECT!!

My home, my children and whatever was around me ~
Needed to be clean, pressed and without blemish.

But as the years passed and
the boys grew older,
I had to back away from this perfection thing.
Five children will definitely make you realize
that you can't do it all wonderfully, perfectly or
have your home be that way!

So now it seems I embrace imperfection.
I find myself saying,
"If it's not scratched, dented, chipped or stained
it doesn't belong in this house because
it's a coming!!!!"

I search out tattered treasures ~

Try to rescue them and turn them into something new ~
Embracing their flaws and addi a few touches here and there.

Wrinkles, matter ~
the beauty of surviving time is wonderful to me.

Lost, forgotten but then found and loved...
this is the beauty of imperfection ~

You'd think with so many flaws these things wouldn't be loved....

Sometimes I feel like these tattered treasures are so much like ourselves.

We are all so very imperfect.....

But we are truly loved by our Lord in Heaven above....
even with our many imperfections!
And the proof??
He sent his precious Son, Jesus Christ to this Earth
on that very first Christmas day so long ago ~
And Jesus sacrificed His life to pay for our imperfections
so we could live in Heaven forever ~

It's so good to love imperfection....

Wishing you a blessed and happy Monday precious friends,
hugs and love,


Unknown said...

Thank you so much I really needed this tonight.
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Dorthe said...

Sweet Dawn,
how truly right you are, -we are all so imperfect, and yet being loved,from abowe and from each others.Dearest friend, I wish you a beautifull day, and know you are loved by me -from far away.
Big hug- Dorthe

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I too gave up trying to be the "worry wort" for the world...and enjoy the imperfections of my life. Have even accepted myself and these physical limitations ..and that is going some.
The new attidute...keeps my blood pressure down.


With Love and Admiration,


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Beautiful images and sentiment!
Wishing you the blessings of the season...
Laura :)

Sheila Rumney said...

What a lovely post. I to have done the same thing... Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season filled with those you love.

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Dawn,
So well put. I have always chanllenged my friends when they are "junking" to look at things not as they ARE but what they will BECOME. I am becoming more and more reminded these days, that my need for perfect order in my world is unrealistic. I am working on it, but it is a struggle..... I simply cannot do it all. I am glad the Father loves us even more for our imperfections. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas in your new well loved home. Hoping I might get to meet you next Spring. Blessings, Linda

Theresa said...

Precious! Love all of your pictures and the imperfections are perfect:) Have a blessed week my friend! HUGS!

Vee said...

Lovely reminder... I, too, had been caught up in perfectionism for years and only in the past decade have been working to let it go. Perfectionism prevents us from ever doing anything worthwhile. Love all these photos of imperfect, yet beautiful treasures.

The French Bear said...

Love your little treasures, how lovely to find comfort in something less then perfect....I do think that is how God sees us sometimes!!! I know I am blessed when I find friends who feel the same.
Merry Christmas, wishing you a blessed holiday!
Margaret B said...

I have always embrassed imperfection. It just seems more like 'me'. And a whole lot less stressful too;) Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy new year filled with new adventures and success:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

BitsAndPieces said...

Thanks, Dawn, for this beautiful post about imperfection and tattered treasures. Love the line about "the beauty of surviving time is wonderful to me." The closeup of the doll's face is a touching photograph. Have a blessed Christmas.

xo, Sandy

Michelle Palmer said...

LOVE your post~
Wishing you every joy this beautiful, blessed season brings!
Hope you have a few tattered treasures to unwrap!
Thank you for so many wonderful posts...
Happy New Year!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~
Thank you for this beautiful post! I love anything imperfect
because it means that it has been well loved.
Yes Jesus loves us in our imperfect ways and that
blesses me daily!


Sandi said...

Such a wonderful post Dawn! I had that *perfectionist* attitude going for some time as well, but gladly gave it up years ago.
So thankful for Jesus too! That He would die for us is still amazing to me!! Merry Christmas!!

Polly said...

I used to be like that too Dawn! It created so much anxiety! Funny story that kind of relates....

I spent the last couple days cleaning house for our family Christmas yesterday. Of course, I didn't dust the top of the TV armoire or under the TV. And of course, my husband got a new Blue Ray player and he and his Dad decided to pull out the TV and move the armoire! Needless to say, his Dad thinks our TV works better now because all the dust is removed! UGGGG! Embarrassing, but oh well, it is what it is!! And I'm not stressing over it!!

Thanks for the reminder!!

Merry Christmas!


Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dearest Dawn,

Ahhhh! I feel so much better now...I can totally relate to your post and all the comments! I too am a strugglin' perfectionist...dust...I've learned to look the other sometimes my inspiration...cracked, broken, stained, rust, chippy paint all points lead to love in my heart!

This morning...I was feeling overwhelmed (housecleaning awaiting?) uninspired (do I have TOOO much stuff?)and then I read your post! Now I sit in the middle of my little home with all my treasures and I am GRATEFUL!

Thank you inspire me in ways you may never know...but you are LOVED!



sweetpea said...

said so beautifully dawn, and so very true. merry christmas to you and yours sweet friend.



Rose Garden Romantic said...

Amen! What a wonderful post!

Deb said...

Dawn, sometimes your posts are just like going to church and hearing the "perfect sermon" I love your thoughts today and wish that more people felt that way..what a more loving, accepting world we would have! Wishing you Christmas joy!

Debra@CommonGround said...

So true, I think maturity brings on so much wisdom. The need for "perfection" can hinder us in so many ways...sort of wanting to be in control of everything. Love your sweet dolly profile. Have a wonderful Christmas Week,

Unknown said...

I love this are right about the imperfection of vintage things adding to their shows that they were used and loved in a previous time. Thanks for the beautiful post...I enjoy reading your blog!

Simply Shelley said...

I love living with the old,worn tattered things around me...but,I too continue to fight a feeling of wanting some things in my life to be just so so....I am not able as I once was to keep things just as I think or feel they should I have learn to cope with this in my own way....I look at it differently than I used to and sometimes turn my head when I have that urge to fix things....we live in a very imperfect world with such imperfect lives...nothing or no one but God himself can fix so much of what is around us....I am learning to let some things go and let God....He doesn't really mind that my home is not always neat :)
Have a very blessed Christmas Dawn....I always enjoy visiting you...Shelley


Our first Christmas gift, our Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect gift.

Merry Christmas,

CaraRose said...

Well said Dawn. We are all like the tattered and worn treasures you so dearly love and yet our God rescued us thru his beloved Son. Truly a miracle, isn't it. Thanks for giving me something to ponder today.

Diana said...

Amen to that sistah! So very true in my life as well. Trying to be Miss Perfect can drive one crazy. Love what you do with the discarded and forgotten. The new life you breathe into each repurposed piece is wonderful. Happy holidays to you and your family.

Cottage Panache said...

How very beautifully stated Dawn. Have a Merry Christmas! :) Maureen

Lisa said...

Dawn, lovely photos and a grounding post...sweet holiday wishes to you and your beautiful family!

Sandy said...

This post is perfection Dawn! I am certainly embracing the imperfect this holiday season, especially in the area of health, or lack thereof. Isn't it wonderful to know that we are loved and accepted by the Lord just as we are, flaws and all? Have a very merry Christmas!

Deb said...

your my kind of gal...nice post

Dianne Long said...

That was just beautiful Dawn! Thank you so much for sharing this perspective. I have also found that even with just two children, I had to learn to be ok with "clean enough" and I also now have a love affair going with the beauty of time-worn items. I hope you and yours are having a wonderful Christmas and I'm thankful to have found you here online as a new friend this year- you are always uplifting and inspiring, more than I'm sure you realize. Thanks for being YOU! XOXO

Lady Pamela said...

Very well said. You spoke straight to my heart. I hope I can carry your words with me throughout the rest of the holiday season. And just enjoy. Blessings to you. said...

Me too, Dawn. There was a time when I thought everything had to be just so. I'm so glad that is my PAST. The more older and wrinkly I get, the more I enjoy seeing other older, less perfect things!

marie said...

Lovely post Dawn! The images are beautiful and your words blessed my heart ~ something that happens each time I visit you!

Praying that your Christmas is full of joy and love and the peace that only comes from Him.

Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to you from imperfect me!!

Monica said...

it is somewhat comforting being able to embrace imperfection... thanks for this inspiring post.
I am sorry I am not blessed anymore by your visits. I wish you a wonderful Christmas in your new nest, filled with love, joy and peace... and lots of beautifully 'imperfect' treats in your own stocking!

Vicki Boster said...

Such a beautiful sentiment Dawn - thank you for the lovely photos - I loved them all - and for the reference to our mortal imperfections. You have crafted a truly beautiful post~


Barbara Jean said...

wonderful post Dawn, and oh so true.

Christmas Blessings to you and your family this Holy Season.

barbara jean


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